June 16, 1994 |
I'm no hero, no daredevil. Never been described as "hellbent for leather." I get my kicks vicariously, willingly letting others thumb their nose at death. I admire the courage of anyone who withdraws money at an ATM after dark. As I sit in front of the computer writing this column--as perilous an undertaking as I care to have today--I'm beginning to hyperventilate over the subject of this week's centerpiece. Rock climbing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1991 |
More than $54,000 has poured into campaign coffers in the crowded race for Ventura City Council, with two pro-growth candidates and an incumbent slow-growth councilman collecting the biggest share of donations. By the 5 p.m. deadline Thursday, 11 of the 19 candidates for the three open City Council seats had filed financial disclosure forms as required by state law. Eighteen of the candidates are registered and one is running a write-in campaign.
March 12, 1995
Peter Carlin's "Pure Profit" (Feb. 5) demonstrates the pitfalls of the modern business world. Entrepreneurs with the best of intentions get caught in a cycle of growth that's irresistible but destructive. Lured by profit and the chance to do more good, a small company with ideals tends to grow into a large bureaucracy in which the visionary founders gradually become removed from their product, thus losing control over both company and product. The large bureaucracy has become a necessary evil.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1995 |
The historic sandstone boulders at Chatsworth's Stoney Point Park are "one of the cradles of American rock-climbing," according to the sport's enthusiasts. But to a Warner Bros. crew filming Steven Seagal's latest action opus--"Under Siege 2: Dark Territory"--they're mainly an outdoor set.
June 15, 2002
Poets speak of mountains as eternal. The ancients feared them as the abodes of dragons or demons. Nineteenth century climbers went to conquer them. Modern climbers toil to cleanse them of the trash left by their predecessors. And mountains are far too often the stage for rebellion and warfare. In fact, high mountains are fragile and subject to environmental damage, swarmed by tourism and chipped away by indiscriminate development.
June 24, 1994 |
For those dedicated to sports and the environment, the name Patagonia represents a beacon of light and a lifestyle. Since 1957, when owner Yvon Chouinard began making pitons, or spikes, for mountain climbers, Patagonia has broadened its scope to manufacturing spirited and functional clothes for the outdoors. The merchandise is top-quality, the prices a touch high, but devotees of this label can turn to Ventura, where Patagonia's only California outlet store offers healthy price breaks.
August 4, 1998 |
The event: Ninth Waterman's Ball, the Surf Industry Manufacturers Assn.'s big night out, at the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point. The association staged the gala Friday to honor surf legends and raise money for ocean preservation. * Surf & Turf: More than 900 party-goers, many of them surf legends and local surf industry executives, gathered outside the hotel on a bluff overlooking the ocean in time for a spectacular sunset. The location pleased those who had attended past balls at landlocked hotels.
March 24, 1998 |
It could be a writing utensil or a mode of transportation, or maybe some camping equipment or a bicycle accessory. It could be virtually anything, really, as long as it enhances the outdoor experience with a quality, sustainable design that shows concern for the environment. Those are the characteristics that seven judges will be looking for in the "Q=E International Design Competition" sponsored by the Patagonia outdoor clothing and accessory manufacturing company of Ventura.
December 27, 1992 |
There's an astonishing page in the latest Patagonia sports clothing catalogue, written by Yvon Chouinard, president of Patagonia. It tells why he's decided that his company should stop growing. "Last fall," he says, "we underwent an environmental audit to investigate the impact of the clothing we make . . . . To no one's surprise, the news is bad. Everything we make pollutes. Polyester, because it's made from petroleum, is an obvious villain, but cotton and wool are not any better.
February 5, 1995 |
One of the dividends of owning stock in the Ben & Jerry's Homemade ice cream company is being invited to the annual stockholder's meeting. This gives you an excuse to eat lots of ice cream, check out Ben & Jerry's 40-foot solarized stage bus and then spend two days listening to the Band, Bo Diddley, Michelle Shocked and the Kwanzaa Music Workshop Performance, among many other acts, play at the Ben & Jerry's One World One Heart festival. You also get to attend the financial meeting.